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The cool reason why IKEA is turning kids' sketches into actual toys you can buy.

Have you heard? Children's drawings are springing into life!

Like this green dinosaur.


All photos courtesy of IKEA, used with permission.

And this one-toothed blue monster.

And all of these cute, furry (and scaly) creatures.

Magic? Nope — just IKEA's handiwork.

The Swedish home furnishings store transformed 10 drawings out of thousands submitted by kids across the globe into real-life stuffed animals for its 13th annual Soft Toys for Education campaign.

And these toys aren't just perfect for snuggling — their sales are going toward a important cause. For every soft toy or children's book sold between Nov. 1 and Dec. 26, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate one Euro ($1.11) to UNICEF and Save the Children to promote global education.

“We can only overcome poverty if we make education a priority for all children," Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, said in statement provided to Upworthy. "We especially need to invest in a quality education for girls, children with disabilities, and children from minority communities. No child should be left behind."

So far, a lot of soft toys have been sold, and a lot of kids in need have benefitted.

Since 2003, the Soft Toys campaign has raised more than $102 million, helping to educate more than 11 million children in 46 different countries, according to IKEA.

And as far as the toys' symmetry and aesthetic perfection?

IKEA was far more concerned that the toys reflect the drawings — imperfections and all.



"You can really see that the drawing comes through in the soft toy," Bodil Fritjofsson, a product developer who helped with the campaign, said in a video by IKEA.

"So if the eyes are different, or if [the toy has] an extra arm or something, it should be on the soft toy as well."

This year, IKEA captured some of the kids' reactions to seeing their drawings brought to life.

As you can imagine, it certainly warms the heart.

GIF via IKEA/YouTube.

"I'm glad she's happy," Fritjofsson said, watching a child from Spain see her creation in stuffed animal form for the first time.

"And it'll benefit a lot of children. ... It's like children helping children."

Make sure to snag one of these delightful soft toys during the holiday season, and check out the video below to see kids reacting to their creations in furry form.

I'll bet it puts a smile on your face.

All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

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